A community information session is being held this Saturday to discuss the proposed water treatment and storage reservoir facilities at Frimley Park.
The council has committed $47.5m through the 2018-2028 Long Term Plan to enhance drinking water safety, the aim being to have comprehensive treatment of all council’s drinking water supplies by 2021.
Enhanced water storage has been identified as part of this in order to make the council network’s drinking water supply safer, more resilient, and reduce the reliance on continuously extracting drinking water from the aquifer.
Council went through a comprehensive site selection process before presenting two site options to councillors for approval – one at Frimley Park and one at Eastbourne on the corner of Southampton St East and Hastings St South.
In determining the locations, considerations included finding somewhere as close as possible to existing water sources, somewhere the new infrastructure could connect easily to the main arterial water supply pipe network, potential use of existing infrastructure and having enough space for new infrastructure.
The preferred site at Frimley is at the southern end of Frimley Park, next to Hastings Girls High School, near existing water sources and infrastructure.
This area of the park is discrete – set among established trees that would reduce the visual impact of the works for nearby residents and street traffic.
The facility would include an 8,000m3 reservoir about 38m in diameter and 11m tall (subject to the final approved designs), along with an additional building to house associated pumps, filtration, chlorination and UV treatment infrastructure.
To free up more space for the public council is actively working towards moving the maintenance sheds out of the park to return that space to parkland.
After the public information session a resource consent for this work will be submitted in late November 2019.
Through this formal process people will be able to have their say, and it’s expected this application will be notified for feedback in mid-January next year. From that time people will have 20 working days to make a submission.
The informal community session is being held at the Frimley Park playground on Saturday, October 19 from 9am to 12pm.
In the event of wet weather it will be postponed until Wednesday, October 23, 5pm to 7pm at Frimley Park playground. Any updates will be posted on the Hastings District Council Facebook page.
Artists impressions of the existing view, and what the treatment and storage facility would look like from the main entrance to Frimley Park off Frimley Rd
17 October 2019
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